JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Town and county officials opted for a plan that will both house fire/ems operations temporarily and then will eventually serve the fairgrounds by upgrading its pavilion structure.
A decision was made to spend $500,000 of 2014 SPET funds on upgrading the pavilion at the fairgrounds to make it a suitable home for Fire Station 1 equipment and personnel while that facility is renovated. The renovation of Station 1 will be funded by a 2017 SPET initiative totaling $6.8 million for crucial upgrades at Jackson and Hoback fire stations.
Work on Fire Station 1 is expected to take up to 18 months. During that time, the station will operate out of the pavilion at the fairgrounds. The structure will be enclosed and upgraded.
Currently the pavilion is host to livestock operations including horse boarding. When the fire department returns to its renovated fire station the pavilion can then be used as the new exhibit hall, replacing the one across the street, which is due for replacement within five years.
Ingress/egress worried some civic leaders. The area will be busy especially during fair. But interim Chief Mike Moyer and Battalion Chief Matt Redwine gave assurance they could operate out of the fairgrounds easier than the START Bus complex (proposed Alternative 2). A third alternative was to rent a temporary turnkey modular structure somewhere on the fairgrounds. The cost would be similar to the alternative chosen ($510,000), but with no lasting investment.